'Elections have consequences,' Trump tweets as shutdown continues

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"Increasing border surveillance is a nefarious move that widely threatens the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution". Not only has Republican support increased, it has also hardened. We're all set. It's 100 per cent, and I'll have to do that, ' he said.

Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg said Trump was simply using all available tools.

In total, 53% of poll respondents blame the Republican side for the shutdown.

Additionally, To break things down a little further, 85% of Democrats blame Trump and the Republicans, while 68% of Republicans blame Democrats.

"I am proud to shut down the government for border security", Trump told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi during a televised press conference at the White House. Building the wall was one of the USA president's key election pledges but Democrats are fiercely opposed to his plans.

Only minutes earlier, powerful Republican ally Sen. But he added that the Oval Office address was a "great opportunity" for Trump to make his case to an audience of millions well beyond his most loyal supporters.

Trump, holed up in the White House with Congress adjourned for the weekend, warned of a much lengthier impasse and blamed the Democrats.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) says American diplomats' morale remains "good" despite the government shutdown that's left many of them working without pay. Only in recent days has he begun describing the problem as "humanitarian".

Members of Congress are out of town, no negotiations are scheduled and President Donald Trump is tweeting into the void.

Partisan differences also shape the choices ahead.

Meanwhile, President Trump has calmed speculation that he is about to declare a national emergency in order to bypass Congress and get the money he needs. Democrats took over the House on January 3, and refuse to include money for the wall in the funding bills.

House Democrats have refused to compromise on funding for the border wall calling it ineffective and even "immoral" and the president will not sign government funding legislation that does not fund the wall as the shutdown reaches its 22nd day.

"There has to be some basis for declaring an emergency when both houses of Congress have concluded" there isn't one, said Walter Dellinger, who served as acting Solicitor General under President Bill Clinton.

The Trump administration's use of dubious statistics, including the misleading claim that almost 4000 known or suspected terrorists were caught trying to enter the United States illegally - the vast majority were prevented from traveling to the U.S. by air or legal ports of entry - might also undermine the president's position that there is an emergency, experts said.

Trump has kept Washington on edge over whether he would resort to such a declaration, citing what he says is a "crisis" of drug smuggling and the trafficking of women and children at the border. Democrats oppose that step but may be unable to stop it. However, two-thirds of Republicans would support the president's decision to use those powers.

In an appearance on "Fox News Sunday", Graham maintained that Trump is not going to give up on his demand for more than $5 billion in funding for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. Democrats voted in the past for border security and should again, he said. Just under a quarter label the current situation a crisis.

"It's a bad precedent", Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said on CNBC. "I'm kind of just sitting and staring at the wall and trying not to lose my mind", she said. It's a play that would be in keeping with Trump's pattern of claiming victory even when the circumstances are murky.